Terps' Caner-Medley may face discipline

Program could act in wake of player's arrest in Maine

College Basketball

July 29, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Maryland basketball player Nik Caner-Medley is awaiting word on possible disciplinary action from the Terps' program after his arrest last weekend on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Caner-Medley, 20, was arrested late Friday night in his hometown of Portland, Maine, after police responded to a disturbance in Old Port, the city's bar district.

"I'm getting all the information and will make a statement at the appropriate time," said Terps coach Gary Williams, who is in California on a recruiting trip.

The Terps are scheduled to leave Aug. 17 for a 12-day tour of Italy that will include five games against European professional teams.

Caner-Medley, who will be a junior this fall, could not be reached for comment.

Lt. Vern Malloch of the Portland Police Department said Caner-Medley had a confrontation with a 37-year-old North Carolina man.

According to the police report, Caner-Medley "took his shirt off and threatened to assault [the man]. ... He was intoxicated and made a statement: `I'm from Maryland and nobody can beat me.' "

While being restrained by friends, Caner-Medley was swinging his fist, according to police reports. Malloch said Caner-Medley did not strike the other man, who reportedly had confronted the athlete, asking why Caner-Medley had just called a passerby a derogatory name.

Malloch said other witnesses had told police that Caner-Medley was starting fights with other people before the altercation that led to his arrest.

Caner-Medley was booked at Cumberland County jail at 11:39 p.m. and released 40 minutes later on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 1 in Portland District Court.

He was not charged with under-age drinking because he was not in possession of alcohol and wasn't in a drinking establishment, Malloch said.

Last year, Caner-Medley, a 6-foot-8, 233-pound forward, started all 32 of the Terps' games, averaging 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.

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